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toyop toyota could toyota c r tp to recoverito rec recall. thanks for joining us. this this isr this itp. i'm virginr i'm virgi t toyotatoyota's plan to re s potentially defective gas o re s pedals. toyota recalled more than two million cars in the u.s. stopped selling and making some top models. the gas pedal in the cars could get stuck causing unexpected acceleration. toyota's president is apologizing for problems behind the massive recalls. right now, much of the u.s. is dealing with heavy snow, freezing rain and a big dip in the temperatures. take a look at what it looks
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like in oklahoma city. a lot of highways covered with snow creating darng rous condition -- dangerous conditions. the storm system has been moving east. we want to get more on the situation now from bonnie schneider with the latest. >> hey, virginia of. we are watching bitterly cold temperatures and that's keeping the snow and ice frozen as far south as the carolinas. look at charlotte andrea leag ih in the 20s. particularly cold in washington, d.c. where the snow continues to fall. we're also looking at philadelphia right at 19. these numbers will drop even further tonight. notice the snow keeps on coming into philadelphia. cape may, new jersey out on the shore. once you head to the south it's an icy mix. so a wintry mix in the forecast for virginia beach. it's stopped snowing in piedmont, but plenty of snow on the ground there.
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temperatures cold enough for that to stay frozen overnight. unfortunately it's an icy situation aa cross the mid atlantic. certainly just south of the new york area which is also interesting to note. a lot of people are wondering why isn't the storm working up the coastline bringing more snow to new york city, boston, massachusetts. well, high pressure right here is blocking the storm. so it will push it away and out to sea. we have seen improving conditions. eventually the high in the center of the country will slide to the east and we'll see clearing develop. yesterday, heavy rainfall in louisiana. a lot of rain pushing across florida. northern florida, south florida enjoying a beautiful day. the west coast, a new storm system coming into northern california. much of the southwest looked beautiful. we have nice conditions there, but still cold temperatures, particularly in h the northern plains that we are watching for today and tomorrow. that is a look at your weather. i'm bonnie schneider for hln. >> honda is recalling 646,000 of
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its 2007 and 2008 fit hatchbacks worldwide. americans own about a fifth of those models. the japanese automaker says the problem is the driver's power window switch which can overheat and come in contact with excessive liquids like heavy rain or snow. seven incidents in the u.s. no one was hurt. customers will be notified by mail on how to take care of the problem. a book by a former john edwards aid hits bookstores today. it's called "the politician" and in it the affair with rielle hunter is chronicled. also the lengths edwards went to allegedly to cover it up. hunter gave birth to a daughter by edwards. she was granted a temporary restraining order against young. hunter asks for the return of photos and videos including a video she says made while she was working for edwards depicting a matter of a very private and personal nature.
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former president george h.w. bush visited president obama at the white house this morning. he was accompanied by his son, former florida governor jeb bush. the white house said it was a social call. it was a backdrop for the president's weekly address. he said he's willing to work with anyone who is serious about solving the nation's problems. >> what i won't accept is changing positions because it's good politics. i won't accept opposition for opposition's sake. we can't have a serious discussion and take meaningful action to create jobs and control our deficit if politicians just do what's necessary to win the next election instead of what's best for the next generation. i'm eager and ready to work with anyone who's serious about solving the real problems facing our people and our country. >> nearly three weeks after the massive earthquake, many haitians are taking matters into their own hands. officials estimate it could take
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a month to get 200,000 tents needed to shelter the homeless. some families are apparently trying to build new homes on top of the rubble of old ones. one official says that won't be tolerated and that the government wants its own reconstruction plan that could include building codes. now, despite what you may have heard this week california officials say the state has no plans to ship some inmates to prisons in mexico. the state's department of corrections and rehabilitation official says prison officials haven't studied the idea but governor schwarzenegger proposed the idea bf an audience this week. >> we pay them to build a prison down in mexico and then we have undocumented immigrants be down there in the prison and with the prison guards and all this, it will half the cost. >> more than 70% of 19,000 illegal immigrants behind bars in california are from mexico. so listen to this. florida authorities say the human remains they found under a
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concrete slab are those of a missing lottery winner. 43-year-old abraham shakespeare was last seen in april 2009. we'll get more on the latest developments from mike brooks who joins us by phone. hey there, mike. >> reporter: good morning, virginia. >> unfortunately for mr. shakespeare this is a terrible end. he wasn't just found under a concrete slab but it's where it was, right? >> reporter: exactly. there was a woman they are calling a business associate of mr. shakespeare's, didi moore. his body was found under some newly poured concrete about five feet underneath that of a -- what they are calling a boyfriend of didi moore in hilsboro county. he disappeared from polk county and now his remains are in
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hillsboro county, florida. they found his body, but sheriff judd says other evidence was found. they are not giving out too much information. he said they know more than what they are giving out, but there have been no charges and they are calling ms. moore now a person of interest, which i call suspect light. no one has been charged in this. but apparently she went through this whole elaborate scheme of making friends and relatives of mr. shakespeare think he was still alive after he disappeared in april. >> meantime abraham shakespeare won $30 million after having basically nothing and this is almost a cautionary tale, right, for folk who is come into a lot of money and have trouble dealing with it. >> reporter: it really is. what law enforcement are doing is taking a look at -- you always want to frol the paper trail, if you will. apparently she transferred over $1 million from his accounts to
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her accounts and, you know, it's not clear exactly what the relationship between the two were, but, you know, they're looking at her right now to see exactly how much money had been transferred, but it's just a very strange circumstance of someone who seemingly had nothing and then all of the sudden came in and won $31 million in this, you know, lotto winnings. >> it's obviously convoluted. i know you will keep an eye on it. thank you very much. >> reporter: absolutely, virginia. >> most people who marry do it for love, but a california woman searching for a husband has a different reason. she says, don't bother with the romance. just show her your health insurance card.
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a california woman has an
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incurable disease. she says she wants to marry someone so she can have health insurance. terry carlson has been posting videos on youtube to find her match and she's getting lots of prospects. she says her condition called c-4 composite deficiency makes her vulnerable to diseases and infections. she pays $400 a month for cobra insurance now but it runs out in a year. >> it is outrageous and horrible that i have to consider such a thing, that i would really have to kor marrying somebody just to have my right to have health care. i'll do what i have to do. if it means that people think i'm crazy, you know, a lunatic on my web doing these youtube videos, okay. >> carlson takes 15 medications a day. without insurance her meds cost about $3,000 a month. here's a warning if you're looking to get away for the
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weekend. trip adviser.com has the dirtiest hotels in america. this year's top honor goes to the heritage marina hotel in san francisco. one customer who stayed there found roaches in the room and leftover food in the microwave. a spokesperson says the ranking was based on irate anonymous postings which didn't relate the true condition of the hotel. the list is based on reviews posted to the website. how would you like this deal? take as much time off as you want and get paid for it. that's what a the boss of a seattle company told employees this week. the ceo of social strata, rosemary o'neal said she was sure her employees would think they were being punked but this is no joke. folks get unlimited paid leave. that's right. unlimited time off to do whatever they want. what's the catch?
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well, there isn't one. o'neal says her employees are grown-ups. those who abuse the policy will weed themselves out. by the way, they are not hiring right now. we're getting your views on the story. here are a few of them. john posted this on facebook. it's refreshing to see a business being innovative rather than going by the old "follow the herd" mentality. what i really love about this company and their president is that they are showing trust in employees and treating them like adults. jennifer says this, i would think that people would not abuse this much. there are too many people in all areas of the work force living in fear of no job now. jean-paul disagrees and says that ceo is a fool. during times like these, no one should be giving any paid leave at all. or maybe she's using it as a trick to find out who's stupid enough to take the bait. thanks, everyone. if you haven't joined the discussion, it's your turn. tell us what you think of the unlimited time-off policy.
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maybe you know somebody who would take advantage. would it help or hurt the company in the long run? e-mail us at krn.com/hln. in another sign of tough economic times a lot of us use coupons to cut back on grocery bills. in fact, last year for the first time since 1992 shoppers used more coupons than the year before. americans cashed in $3.3 billion packaged goods coupons, a 27% increase over 2008. that is according to inmar which tracks coupons and promotion trends. newspaper coupons were the majority of redemptions but increasing numbers of shoppers get coupons online. singer etta james is sick with a bacterial infection that is resistent to many antibiotics. she was hospitalized last week according to her son. james is best known for her 1961 hit "at last" was also diagnosed with alzheimer's a year ago.
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have you heard about the commercial causing a lot of controversy? take a look. this ad will not run on super bowl sunday. some call it discrimination. you're watching hln news & views.
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you are watching hln news & views. we bring you news throughout the weekend but we'd also like your views as well.
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to help get your views we are sending joe carter out on the street. >> this is a great new project which allows us to get out of the newsroom and go to the streets to talk to viewers face to face. this week i talked about sports to pop culture to politics. president obama's been in office for a year. how do you think he's doing? >> i think he really gave us a lot of hope. i'm happy with the progress so far. >> i would not want to be in his shoes for anything. >> i think there's been a lot of pressure on him to have a magic pill which there is not going to be, of course. >> you're happy with the progress one year in? >> i am. >> i'm on the poverty level and i don't think he's addressed that level since the time he was trying to get in office until today. >> would i like for some things to have moved along better like health care? absolutely. i never thought i would be in a job where i didn't have health insurance. but that's where i am now. >> i think it's just been
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overwhelming with the money that he wants to spend on health care now and the jobs it could cost by forcing small businesses to do certain things. it will cost jobs instead of save jobs. >> do you think he's done a good job in one year? >> considering the mess he had left to him, he's doing all right. kind of overspending. but all you can do is spend our way out of it. >> do you think in 365 days obama has done a good job? show of hands? three of four. you don't think he's done a good job? >> no. >> i think everyone expected him to come into office and flip a switch. people would understand it's not something that can happen a overnight. >> do you believe obama's the right person for the job? >> no. he's what we've got for three more years. you've got to support the president. >> we're taking your views from the street every day on hln. i'm joe carter. i might see you on the street. >> you suck!
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yeah, that's right. ♪ i wanna kiss this guy >> cbc has rejected this ad for mancrunch.com, a gay dating website. they rejected it from airing during the super bowl. the ad says it doesn't meet network standards but a spokesperson calls the decision, quote, straight-up discrimination. cbc cbs denies it and says they can submit an alternative version of the commercial. >> it's a year since the economic stimulus package. how is the money being spent? the government awarded $1.5 billion to cities to help people in danger of losing their homes. the johnson family says they were saved by the program. both husband and wife lost their jobs. their house was foreclosured on. they say the stimulus program in
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orange county, florida helped them stay in the house and get the electricity turned on. >> just thinking about my family being in the street, we had to find some kind of assistance. that my kids could wake up in their own rooms on christmas morning and walk out to the christmas tree, i mean, we never thought we'd have a place to put a christmas tree. >> orange county says it's helped 475 families and 900 individuals with the stimulus money that they have received. a new hampshire woman is behind bars for wracking up three d.w.i.s in less than a week. 55-year-old patricia mondrow was involved in three accidents this month. one was serious. she wore a neck brace to her arraignment this week. she was first arrested on january 16 following a crash. then again following another wreck on january 21st. she was arrested less than 24 hours later after a three-car crash on interstate 93. her attorney says she has a drinking problem but that she's
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working to address it. a new hampshire woman is behind bars for wracking up three d.w.i.s in less than a week. 55-year-old patricia mondrow was involved in three accidents this month. one was serious. she wore a neck brace to her arraignment this week. she was first arrested on january 16 following a crash. then again following another wreck on january 21st. she was arrested less than 24 hours later after a three-car crash on interstate 93. her attorney says she has a drinking problem but that she's working to address it. this black hen in california has been dodging cars and animal control officers for months. the hen either runs into the street or flies into a tree when officers approach. a humane trap hasn't worked either because the chicken either doesn't weigh enough to trigger it or doesn't like the bait. does s of sea turtles turned
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up off the coast of florida a with tumors on their eyes and finishes. how a group of volunteers helped fix the problem and got them ready to return to the ocean. 
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some breaking news for you. toyota could be one step closer to recovering from that massive recall. thanks for joining us. this is hln news & views. i'm virginia cha. the associated press says the government approved the plan to replace potentially defective gas pedals saying dealers could get the parts as early as thursday. toyota recalled more than two million cars in the u.s., stopped selling and making some top models. the gas pedal in the cars could get stuck causing unexpected sk sell radiation. toyota's president is apologizing for the problems behind the massive recalls. right now, much of the u.s. is dealing with heavy snow, freezing rain and a big dip in the temperatures. take a look at what it looks
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like in oklahoma city. a lot of highways covered with snow creating dangerous road conditions. ice knocked down power lines leaving thousands without electricity. that storm system has been moving east. we want to get more on the situation now from meteorologist bonnie schneider with the latest. >> reporter: hey, virginia. we are watching bitterly cold temperatures and that's keeping the snow and ice frozen as far south as the carolinas. look at the temperatures in charlotte and in raleigh. it's been particularly cold in washington, d.c. where the snow continues to fall. pleef is at 19. these numbers will drop further on tonight. notice the snow just keeps on coming into philadelphia, cape may, new jersey on the shore. once you head to the south it's an icy mix. so a wintry mix in the forecast for virginia beach. it's stopped snowing in piedmont, but plenty of snow on
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the ground there. temperatures cold enough for that to stay frozen overnight. unfortunately it's an icy situation across the mid-atlantic. certainly just south of the new york area which is also interesting to note. a lot of people are wondering why isn't the storm working up the coastline bringing more snow to new york city, boston, massachusetts. well, high pressure right here is blocking the storm. so it will push it away and out to sea. we have seen improving conditions. eventually the high in the center of the country will slide to the east and we'll see a nice clearing develop. yesterday, heavy rainfall in louisiana. a lot of rain pushing across florida. northern florida, south florida enjoying a beautiful day. the west coast, a new storm system coming into northern california. much of the southwest looked beautiful. we have nice conditions there, but still cold temperatures, particularly in the northern plains that we are watching for today and tomorrow. that is a look at your weather. i'm bonnie schneider for hln. >> honda is recalling 646,000 of
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its 2007 and 2008 fit hatchbacks worldwide. americans own about a fifth of those models. the japanese automaker says the problem is the driver's power window switch which can overheat and come in contact with excessive liquids like heavy rain or snow. seven incidents in the u.s. no one was hurt. customers will be notified by mail on how to take care of the problem. a book by a former john edwards aid hits bookstores today. it's called "the politician" and in it andrew young chronicles the former president shall candidate's affair with rielle hunlter. he also talks about the lengths edwards went to allegedly to cover up the relationship. hunter gave birth to a daughter by edwards. she was granted a temporary restraining order against young. hunter asks for the return of photos and videos including a video she says made while she was working for edwards depicting a matter of a very private and personal nature.
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former president george h.w. bush visited president obama at the white house this morning. he was accompanied by his son, former florida governor jeb bush. the white house said it was a social call. the bipartisan visit was a backdrop for the president's weekly address. he said he's willing to work with anyone who is serious about solving the nation's problems. >> what i won't accept is changing positions because it's good politics. i won't accept opposition for opposition's sake. we can't have a serious discussion and take meaningful action to create jobs and control our deficit if politicians just do what's necessary to win the next election instead of what's best for the next generation. i'm eager and ready to work with anyone who's serious about solving the real problems facing our people and our country. >> nearly three weeks after the massive earthquake, many haitians are taking matters into their own hands. officials estimate it could take a month to get 200,000 tents
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needed to shelter the homeless. some families are apparently trying to build new homes on top of the rubble of old ones. one official says that won't be tolerated and that the government wants its own reconstruction plan that could include building codes. now, despite what you may have heard this week california officials say the state has no plans to ship some inmates to prisons in mexico. the state's department of corrections and rehabilitation director says prison officials haven't studied the idea but governor schwarzenegger proposed the idea before an audience this week. >> we pay them to build a prison down in mexico and then we have undocumented immigrants be down there in the prison and with the prison guards and all this, it will half the cost. >> more than 70% of 19,000 illegal immigrants behind bars in california are from mexico. so listen to this. florida authorities say the human remains they found under a
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concrete slab are those of a missing lottery winner. 43-year-old abraham shakespeare was last seen in april 2009. we'll get more on the latest developments from mike brooks who joins us by phone. hey there, mike. >> reporter: good morning, virginia. >> unfortunately for mr. shakespeare this is a terrible end. he wasn't just found under a concrete slab but it's where it was, right? >> reporter: exactly. there was a woman they are calling a business associate of mr. shakespeare's, didi moore. his body was found under some newly poured concrete about five feet underneath that of a -- what they are calling a boyfriend of didi moore in hilsboro county. he disappeared from polk county and now his remains are in hillsboro county, florida. they found his body, but sheriff
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judd says other evidence was found. they are not giving out too much information. he said they know more than what they are giving out, but there have been no charges and they are calling ms. moore now a person of interest, which i call suspect light. no one has been charged in this. but apparently she went through this whole elaborate scheme of making friends and relatives of mr. shakespeare think he was still alive after he disappeared in april. >> meantime abraham shakespeare won $30 million after having basically nothing and this is almost a cautionary tale, right, for folk who is come into a lot of money and have trouble dealing with it. >> reporter: it really is. what law enforcement are doing is taking a look at -- you always want to follow the paper trail, if you will. apparently she transferred over
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$1 million from his accounts to her accounts and, you know, it's not clear exactly what the relationship between the two were, but, you know, they're looking at her right now to see exactly how much money had been transferred, but it's just a very strange circumstance of someone who seemingly had nothing and then all of the sudden came in and won $31 million in this, you know, lotto winnings. >> it's obviously convoluted. i know you will keep an eye on it. thanks so much. >> reporter: absolutely, virginia. most people who marry do it for love, but a california woman searching for a husband has a different reason. she says, don't bother with romance. just show her your health insurance card.
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a california woman has an incurable disease. she says she wants to marry someone so she can have health insurance. terry carlson has been posting videos on youtube to find her match and she's getting lots of prospects. she says her condition called c-4 complement deficiency makes her vulnerable to diseases and infections. she pays $400 a month for cobra insurance now but it runs out in a year. >> it is outrageous and horrible that i have to consider such a thing, that i would really have to kor marrying somebody just to have my right to have health care. i'll do what i have to do. if it means that people think i'm crazy, you know, a lunatic on my web doing these youtube videos, okay.
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>> carlson takes 15 medications a day. without insurance her meds cost about $3,000 a month. here's a warning if you're looking to get away for the weekend. trip adviser.com has the list of the dirtiest hotels in america. this year's top honor goes to the heritage marina hotel in san francisco. one customer who stayed there said that she found roaches in the room and leftover food in the microwave. a spokesperson says the ranking was based on irate anonymous postings which didn't relate the true condition of the hotel. the list is based on reviews posted to the website. how would you like this deal? take as much time off as you want and get paid for it. that's what a the boss of a seattle company told employees this week. the ceo of social strata, rosemary o'neal said she was
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sure her employees would think they were being punked but this is no joke. folks get unlimited paid leave. that's right. unlimited time off to do whatever they want. what's the catch? well, there isn't one. o'neal says her employees are grown-ups. those who abuse the policy will weed themselves out. by the way, they are not hiring right now. we're getting your views on the story. here are a few of them. john posted this on facebook. it's refreshing to see a business being innovative rather than going by the old "follow the herd" mentality. what i really love about this company and their president is that they are showing trust in employees and treating them like adults. jennifer says this, i would think that people would not abuse this much. there are too many people in all areas of the work force living in fear of no job now. jean-paul disagrees and says that ceo is a fool.
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during times like these, no one should be giving any paid leave at all. or maybe she's using it as a trick to find out who's stupid enough to take the bait. thanks, everyone. if you haven't joined the discussion, it's your turn. tell us what you think of the unlimited time-off policy. maybe you know somebody who would take advantage. would it help or hurt the company in the long run? e-mail us at cnn.com/hln. singer etta james is sick with a bacterial infection that's resistent to antibiotics. her son said she was hospitalized last week. james who is best known for her 1961 hit "at last" also has alzheimer's. she was diagnosed a year ago. her son expects her to be released from the hospital soon. have you heard about the commercial causing a lot of controversy? this ad won't run on super bowl sunday and some say it's discrimination.
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you are watching hln news & views. we bring you news throughout the weekend but we'd also like your views as well. to help get your views we are sending joe carter out on the street. >> this is a great new project which allows us to get out of the newsroom and go to the streets to talk to viewers face to face. this week i talked about sports to pop culture to politics. president obama's been in office for a year. how do you think he's doing? >> i think he really gave us a lot of hope. i'm happy with the progress so far. >> i would not want to be in his shoes for anything.
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>> i think there's been a lot of pressure on him to have a magic pill which there is not going to be, of course. >> you're happy with the progress one year in? >> i am. >> i'm on the poverty level and i don't think he's addressed that level since the time he was trying to get in office until today. >> would i like for some things to have moved along better like health care? absolutely. i never thought i would be in a job where i didn't have health insurance. but that's where i am now. >> i think it's just been overwhelming with the money that he wants to spend on health care now and the jobs it could cost by forcing small businesses to do certain things. it will cost jobs instead of save jobs. >> do you think he's done a good job in one year? >> considering the mess he had left to him, he's doing all right. kind of overspending. but all you can do is spend our way out of it. >> do you think in 365 days obama has done a good job?
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show of hands? three of four. you don't think he's done a good job? >> no. >> i think everyone expected him to come into office and flip a switch. and change everything. people who are realistic would understand that it's not something that can happen a overnight. >> do you believe obama's the right person for the job? >> no. he's what we've got for three more years. you've got to support the president. >> we're taking your views from the street every day on hln. i'm joe carter. i might see you on the street. >> you suck! yeah, that's right. ♪ i wanna kiss this guy >> cbc has rejected this ad for mancrunch.com, a gay dating website. they rejected it from airing during the super bowl. the ad says it doesn't meet network standards but a spokesperson calls the decision, quote, straight-up discrimination.
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cbs denies it and says the company is welcome to submit an alternative version of the commercial. this week marked one year since the house passed the economic stimulus package. how is the money being spent? here's one example. the government awarded $1.5 billion to cities to help people in danger of losing their homes. it's called the homeless prevention and rapid rehousing program. the johnson family says they were saved by the program. both husband and wife lost their jobs. their house was foreclosed on. they say the stimulus program in orange county, florida helped them stay in the house and get the electricity turned on. >> just thinking about my family being in the street, we had to find some kind of assistance. that my kids could wake up in their own rooms on christmas morning and walk out to the christmas tree, i mean, we never thought we'd have a place to put a christmas tree. >> orange county says it's helped 475 families and 900 individuals with the stimulus money that they have received.
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a new hampshire woman is behind bars for wracking up three d.w.i.s in less than a week. 55-year-old patricia mondrow was involved in three accidents this month. police say that one was serious. she wore a neck brace to her arraignment this week. she was first arrested on january 16 following a crash. then again following another wreck on january 21st. she was arrested less than 24 hours later after a three-car crash on interstate 93. her attorney says she has a drinking problem but that she's working to address it. this black hen in glendale, california has been dodging cars, coyotes and animal control officers for more than two months. a spokeswoman for the local humane society says it could last a while. the hen either runs into the street or flies into a tree when officers approach. and a humane trap hasn't worked either because it doesn't weigh enough to trigger it or it doesn't like the bait.
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dozens of sea turtles turn ed up off the coast of florida a with tumors on their eyes and finishes. how a group of volunteers helped fix the problem and got them ready to return to the ocean. err
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